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In the busy Dallas social scene, a “Janelle Friedman” event is one of the most coveted invitations in town. In a city where over-the-top events are the norm, a “Janelle party” has become legendary.

National and local charities seek her advice to plan events that raise millions.

A law firm CEO and mother of six, Janelle is extremely organized, has an eye for detail, a talent for the tabletop and a knack for surprising and spoiling guests. Everything she plans – from intimate dinner parties to galas – is a gift she gives her guests – one full of love, laughter, style and surprises.

YOU ARE INVITED details her expert, tried-and-true advice on how to transform a gathering into an occasion guests never forget. The book takes readers through some of Janelle’s biggest bashes, including a destination wedding, a fundraiser for one thousand guests and her “One Night Only” party filled with national celebrity entertainers plus open houses, milestone anniversaries, and family and holiday celebrations. Each chapter is full of tips, sample menus and truly inspired ideas for everyone on every budget.

From the invite to the party favor and everything in-between, Janelle shares her secrets for throwing parties guests never forget.

The book’s format includes tips for entertaining from teaching the reader how to create a “big picture” vision for an event to how to produce one-of-a-kind invitations, ideas for live entertainers, sample menus, intriguing cocktails, table settings, recipes and more.

Dean Fearing, a national celebrity chef who graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, is a James Beard Award winner and is known as a “Father of Southwestern Cuisine” wrote the book’s forward. Fearing is also author of THE TEXAS FOOD BIBLE.

According to Fearing, “Janelle is a natural entertainer – it’s in her bones and in her blood.”

“Over the past twenty years, I’ve cooked in enough of her kitchens to know how dedicated she is to her vision – from the big picture to small details – and how gracefully she navigates countless logistics to ensure each guest has the best experience possible. Much like Janelle’s legendary events, YOU ARE INVITED is well organized, delicious, gorgeous and fun. Make it your bible to plan parties that guests will talk about long after they’re over,” Fearing continues.

Published by Reedy Press, the book can be purchased at or the following Dallas retail outlets: Tootsies, Write Selection, Rich Hippie and Gregory’s among others.

You Are Invited: How To Plan Everything from Intimate Gatherings To Texas-Sized Parties
By Janelle Friedman, ISBN: 9781681060163, hardcover, 10 x 10, 144 pages, $35.00

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